L’usine – Annapolis Ridge Vineyard 2018

Nuance and intrigue characterize the wine, starting with a dark crimson and a ruby rim but manifested by the aromas of white pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, pine resin and crème de menthe. An entry dominated by a bright acidity, the mid-palate explores flavours of rhubarb, savoury and a hint of wild strawberry with a long finish indicative of graceful aging. This new wine from David Phinney (creator of the famous/infamous brand, The Prisoner) was aged for 9 months in oak barrels, 44% new. Pinot Noir Annapolis Vineyard rolls seductively out of the glass with a gorgeous perfume of lilacs, jasmine and fallen leaves over a core of black raspberries, pomegranate and tilled soil. Full-bodied, the palate sparks off a whole array of super-concentrated red berry and floral accents, complementing the intense earthy/savory characters, finishing wonderfully perfumed.

Food Pairing: cheese, red meat, mushroom risotto.

Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder)
Sonoma Coast, USA




15.5% Alc.

Bottle (750ml)


Oak Aging


9 months in oak

L'usine Cellars

Andy Warhol’s iconic studio, “the factory”, was a gathering place for drag queens, rock stars, and brilliant artists. Inspired by his studio, l’usine translates to “the factory” in French. The name paying tribute to those who desire something against the mold. Dave, honoring his rebel within, created a portfolio for the “Warhol’s” of the world. l’usine is Dave Phinney’s continued passion and journey to master Pinot Noir. Sourced from some of the best vineyards he chooses in any given vintage, these wines express the artistry of the winemaking process. To honor the rebel within, the front labels display art rather than displaying the grape variety or its origin which is typical in this category. The labels speak to the “Warhol’s” of the world and reflect the personality of each bottle.